So Long For A Small Storm (Rudolf Klorzeiger remodel) (4:25)
Review: Spacer lady Dollska (nee Dollskabeat) gets busy on her on own Kissa imprint with two beautifully spacious journeys into modern cosmic. "So Long For A Small Storm" rolls unhurriedly with a Morgan Geist feel to the beats and groove while "Opus Dreams" takes us deeper into the stars again as stretched out synths charm and alarm in equal measure as we find ourselves floating freefall with no apparent start, middle, or end. For added floor-fire head straight for Rudolf Klorzeiger's devilishly Detroitian remix where the beats are sharpened by classic 80s electro drama.
Review: Six Ponts refers to the six bridges that connect the city of Nantes to its isle. A creative and forward-looking district where 44 Tours is located. The label presents its inaugural release with a gathering of local talents, who are all said to have met and become friends at the record shop - a place where they conversed about the wax imports at the shop, over beers on breezy afternoons. On the A side we have Marino with the breakneck and hyperaware electro groove of "Kyoto Plage" which despite its ferocious tempo is just sublime and evocative. On the flip, Mirouf goes for something more of an organic feeling on the breaks driven, almost drum & bass "Joyride", while Skrimz's "Pom'Pom" hears the drummer get wicked, until a futuristic bass and bleeps kick in.
Review: Once a compelling production unit on the superb Thisisnotanexit label, it's been a while since we heard anything from the Spectral Empire duo of Kyle Martin & George Thompson. More recently the pair has been engaged in other projects, with Martin collaborating with Jonny Nash as Land Of Light and Thompson casting a cosmic spell on the Andy's Weatherall and Blake with his Black Merlin output. Back together as Spectral Empire for this 12" on Nu Earth Kitchen, Martin and Thompson's studio chemistry hasn't dissipated in the time apart on the basis of the two cuts here. Lead track "Goloko Dhama" uses it's nine minute duration wisely as Spectral Empire go deep into a brooding sci fi flecked disco groove. Face down "Sadhu" finds Martin and Thompson veer into almost techno territory driven by some brilliantly sputtery 808s.
Review: With this sizable EP electro techno staple Scanone makes another appearance on regular haunt Yellow Machines, bringing five tracks of diverse, sci-fi infused electronica that kicks where it counts but keeps the tone esoteric on top. "Moon 2" is a fast-paced, dark-toned break cut, filtering in just enough melody to keep things emotional while the beats dutifully snap around the mix with an energetic grace. "Scene 7" is a more gentle affair, moving from anchorless strings to twitchy diversions into micro-sampled rhythms and rounded synth. "Darklight" calls to mind some of the earliest of Aphex Twin's breakbeats, but the melodies on top have a more tangible kind of melancholia to them which serves the spiritual impact of the record well. On the whole, it's the electro informed approach of classic labels like Skam that Scanone brings to mind with Scenes, and as an under-represented sound he is bringing a welcome focus to it.
Review: Manchester artist Belly is back with his second EP of 2014 released through his new inprint Belly Dance and this time he is joined by East End Soul vocalist Shona Carmen & one half of Asphodells Tiimothy J Fairplay on the remix. The second EP see's Belly up the pace slightly from his inagural release moving slightly away of the slow beat of tracks like Dark Autumn and Farewell and embark on a sligtly more up tempo , swing style bordering on the style of Machine Drum. The first track 'Control' is a hazy club track with strong vocals from both Belly & Shona backed up by drum and bass beats which is followed by vocal heavy space beats in the form of 'Zu' . On the flip side we see the real inpact of Shona Carmen with a clubtrack loaded with summer vibes called 'Painting' . The vocals are soulfull and beautiful with a swing tempo and drum patterns that lift throughout. This is followed by Timothy J Fairplay bringing in his own take on 90's chicago garage music with a banging clubtrack remix of Dark Autumn off of Belly Dance 001.